The Chicken Wing Su­per Bowl

molly schuyler, age 39, Plumas Lake, Cal­i­for­nia

Reader's Digest - - Contents - Il­lus­tra­tion by John Cu­neo

You ate 47 pounds of chicken wings in 30 min­utes to win Wing Bowl 26. How do you train for that?

The night be­fore, the girls had a night out and we ate a lot of na­chos. That morn­ing, I drank at least three gal­lons of wa­ter to stretch my stom­ach.

When did you re­al­ize you might be good at this?

When I did my very first chal­lenge, every­body took note of it. I kept say­ing, “I just ate a ham­burger, what­ever.”

Do you com­pete of­ten?

Fif­teen to 20 times a year. I won $22,000 at my first Wing Bowl. (She has also com­peted with cin­na­mon rolls, bratwurst, pud­ding, and fried mush­rooms, though not at the same time.)

But how do you still weigh only 127 pounds?

Any pro­fes­sional eater will not eat like that at home. It’s fruits and veg­gies in our house.

How did you find this ca­reer?

I had four small chil­dren. I was work­ing as a bar­tender to be home dur­ing the day, but when I started do­ing this, I was mak­ing more money in min­utes than I would make in a whole month.

What do peo­ple say when you tell them what you do?

Peo­ple make fun of us some­times.

But com­pet­i­tive eat­ing is a phys­i­cal sport. If you overeat on Thanks­giv­ing, you’re do­ing the same thing we are— only we’re get­ting paid.

The Wing Bowl is held ev­ery year in Philadel­phia the Fri­day be­fore the Su­per Bowl. Schuyler has won the con­test three times.

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